Shani Jayanti is marked as birth anniversary of Lord Shani. Shani Jayanti is also known as Shani Amavasya. Lord Shani is son of Lord Suryadev and rules planet Saturn and weekday Saturday. Shani is feared by those people who believe and follow astrology, as Shanaishchara has the capacity to create malefic influence on the horoscope and thus in their life.
On Shani Jayanti day, those Hindus having Saturn cycle or Shani cycle or Sade Sathi in their horoscope perform special pujas like Shani Yagya or Homa. Some devotees observe a fast (fasting or upvaas) on the day.
It is believed that Lord Shani believes in fair justice and if appeased blesses His devotee with good luck and fortune. People, who don’t have blessing of Lord Shani, toil for years without getting any reward for their hard work in life.
What to do on Shani Jayanti?
Most Hindu devotees fast on the Shani Jayanti day. Only a single meal is consumed on the day that is after pujas and prayers in the evening.
Devotees who are observing Shani Jayanti Vrat usually visit Shani or Navgraha temple. Numerous other temples also have Lord Shani installed as a minor deity.
Black colored items like sesame (til), sesame oil, black clothes, and black gram whole are offered to Lord Shani. It must be noted here that the color of the idol of Shani is always black in color. So black is the favorite color of Lord Shani.